Our team was inspired to make this bot as a lot of people and workers have been personally struggling with the mental toll of the pandemic and staying inside during quarantine.We wanted to make this bot as alleviation to their struggles and also to provide valuable information at the simple send of a message.
What it does
It interacts with the user using NLP from wit.ai and provides vital info and support to the user during this time of COVID-19.
How We built it
We started with wit.ai and Facebook and setup webhooks and messenger from a Facebook app, using ngrok as a proxy server.
Challenges We ran into
We had some trouble parsing the response we got from the Coronavirus API we were using as well as had some problems with setting up to bot initially to work on the ngrok server, but we eventually got both to work quite smoothly.
Accomplishments that We're proud of
We're proud of solving the challenges listed above and making something that has the potential to be helpful, useful and supportive to many people stuck at home
What We learned
We learned how to work with APIs, how to integrate wit.ai with Facebook chatbot, and how to build a Facebook chatbot capable of responding on Messenger
What's next for Coronacare.ai
We are planning to add a lot more features such as matching with potential support/therapy groups and also a therapist matcher option in the future. Some other features coming soon should be more interactions and better training for certain action executions.